Make This Felt Purse Organizer: Freeform Sewing Suggestion Tutorial
So I headed to my local fabric store, and bought a yard of wool felt. It would have been $9.99, but there was only 35″ (one inch short of a yard) left on the bolt, so they gave me the whole piece for 50% off, glorious! Felt is so wonderful for beginning sewing projects, because it’s incredibly forgiving, solid but easy to sew through, and the edges don’t require any hemming or finishing. I haven’t published sewing tutorials before, despite really loving to sew, because like a chef who doesn’t use recipes, I mostly eye things and figure out roughly what’s going to work for me.
I decided after finishing this project in under two hours, with only a straight stitch and the felt, that this would be a great opportunity to walk you through my freeform sewing process, and teach you to do the same. This project is incredibly adaptable to the size and shape of your bags, and what you’d like to keep organized in them. I have lots of beautiful tote bags that I am constantly losing things in the bottom of, so my project is largish and squarish, but yours might be more like a wallet, or rounded at the bottom, or simply much smaller, but no matter the size and shape of your bag, you will have the same result of being able to easily transfer all your belongings from one bag to another as you switch bags.
Without further ado, here’s my process: 1) I measured the smallest bag I wanted the organizer to fit in. I measured the inner height of the bag, and the width of the bottom where it is flat, and the width of the opening of the bag. I doubled the height (to account for two sides) and added the width, added four inches, and came up with the length of the piece of felt I would cut, and then the width of the opening +1″ seam allowance (the part that will be eaten up by sewing) for the width. That gave me a 11″x 24″ piece of felt.